ERIC Number: ED497589
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Finding Your Smile Again: A Child Care Professional's Guide to Reducing Stress and Avoiding Burnout
Johnson, Jeff A.
An estimated 30 to 40 percent of child care professionals leave the field, often due to burnout arising from some combination of long hours, isolation, low pay, and lack of respect. With humor and empathy, "Finding Your Smile Again" provides dozens of proven techniques for coping with stressful situations and diagnosing and preventing burnout. A family childcare provider and former child care center director, Jeff Johnson specifically addresses the stressors and challenges common among child care professionals. The reader will find guidance in discovering true purpose--whether it is in the child care field or beyond. Following a forward, acknowledgments and introduction, this book contains six chapters: (1) "I Didn't Like You Anymore"--What Burnout Is and How It Changes Your Life; (2) Who Burnout Hurts and What the Hurt Looks Like; (3) "I Can't Smile at the Kids Anymore"--Signs of Burnout; (4) Changing Your Mind (Literally) and Taking Action; (5) Working with Whatever the Day Brings; and (6) Seeking Your Ultimate Purpose. Tips for Directors and Supervisors are appended.
Descriptors: Child Care, Burnout, Child Caregivers, Work Environment, Early Childhood Education, Stress Management, Coping, Quality of Working Life, Caregiver Attitudes
Redleaf Press. 10 Yorkton Court, St. Paul, MN 55117-1065. Tel: 800-423-8309; Fax: 800-641-0115; Web site: http://www.redleafpress.org
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Authoring Institution: N/A